Garson Mine

Coordinates: 46°34′03″N 80°51′25″W / 46.56750°N 80.85694°W / 46.56750; -80.85694

Garson Mine is an underground nickel mine located in the community of Garson, within the city of Greater Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. Garson mine was developed around 1908 by Mond Nickel Company and is owned by Vale Inco.

Garson Ramp Project

Vale Inco has approved a plan to re-open the Garson Ramp. The project is in the development phase and will cost $30 million. The Garson Ramp project will involve three ore bodies and produce 500 tonnes of ore per day.[1]

Ground Conditions

The ground conditions at Garson Mine are dangerous and unstable. Workers have lost their lives due to unstable ground conditions at Garson Mine and these conditions continue to be a problem for operations. A rock burst at the mine left nine workers trapped underground for several hours on January 23, 2007, although they were rescued with no injuries.

The unsafe ground conditions at Garson Mine are caused from a combination of variables, the two most prominent being that the mine is on a dyke and aquifer.


In 2005 Garson Mine won the CIM's National John T. Ryan Trophy for Metal Mines. This award is given to the metal mine which has the lowest accident frequency in the country.[2]

See also


  1. Hersey, Carolyn (August 2007). "CVRD Inco stirs up the action in Sudbury". CIM MAgazine. 5 (2): 8–9. ISSN 1718-4177.
  2. "John T Ryan Trophy Past Winners (Metal Mines)" (HTML). Retrieved 2007-06-05.
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